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Special Issue of Population and Environment: Combining Remotely Sensed and Demographic Data to Investigate Population Processes

Submission deadline: 31 October 2018

In 1998, The National Academy of Sciences published People and Pixels, highlighting new approaches for integrating satellite-based remote sensing into key population-environment research areas.  Now, twenty years later, the increased availability of remotely sensed data and georeferenced population data has expanded empirical research on population-environment interactions and the potential for theoretical and methodological contributions to the field. 

For this special issue, we seek a range of empirical papers that examine the uses and applications of remotely sensed data in population research, particularly in population research using standard demographic data, that is, from household-level survey, census or demographic surveillance data.  We are primarily interested in research that combines remotely sensed data with population data to carefully and deliberately address the temporal and spatial complexities that accompany this type of analysis, or which demonstrate the value added of using satellite data to address demographic questions. Contributions at any geographic scale are welcome. Papers may include considerations of gender, social inequalities, environmental security, food security, land use land-cover change, and climate-change, among other social and environmental processes and characteristics.

More generally, the research should improve broader understanding, theory and methods regarding the association between population and environment and strategies for dealing with complex and diverse data. We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions. Submissions will be reviewed by social science and remote-sensing/environmental data science experts.

Submission Deadline: 31 October 2018. Please submit questions prior to this deadline to Kathryn Grace or Deborah Balk, Editors of the special issue. Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at Manuscripts should be uploaded to the journal’s website and authors should select the Special Issue: Remote data. For more information visit:


Call for papers: 8th Population Conference, ALAP

Conference date(s): 23 October 2018 - 26 October 2018

The Latin American Population Association invites proposals for oral presentations and posters for the 8th Population Conference. The theme of the conference is “Population and sustainable development: public policies and developments in socio demographic measurement”, and one of the topics in population and environment.

More information and guidelines for abstract submission (in Spanish, English and Portuguese) are available at

Deadlines for submissions: 5 March 2018.

Location: Mexico

Fourth World Social Science Forum

Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

The series of World Social Science Forum is one of ISSC’s flagship activities. The WSS Forum gather researchers, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders from all over the world to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy. The three Forum held in the past nine years have achieved great success, making this series highly prestigious and influential.

The World Social Science Forum2018 is dedicated to security, currently one of the most pressing concerns of societies worldwide. Over the course of four days, the participants will look into various dimensions of security, interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability. Presenters will look into approaches, trends, and responses from different sectors. The WSS Forum2018 will allow identifying critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions

For more information, see

Location: Japan

World Social Sciences Forum 2018 (WSSF2018)

Conference date(s): 25 September 2018 - 28 September 2018

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Comparative Research in Poverty (CROP) invite authors to submit a paper abstract for presentation at the session OP3-03 of the World Social Sciences Forum 2018 (WSSF 2018) on “Poverty, water and sustainable development in global change: exploring the nexus from a sustainability science and human security perspective” jointly chaired by Elma Montana (IAI / Uruguay) and Alberto Cimadamore (CROP / Norway). See:

Papers should aim to highlight the complex interrelationships between water and the search for a good life in times of global change, within the framework of the new agenda for sustainable development. They should contribute to research on the links between water and poverty from a thematic and methodological approach. The thematic focus must improve knowledge about poverty production processes resulting from the combination of ecological (climatic, hydrological, ecosystemic) and human (social, political, institutional, and cultural) factors.

Furthermore, contributions will explicitly present the theoretical/methodological frameworks and practices that enabled the production of such complex knowledge, including lessons learned from successful or failed interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary experiences. Selected presenters should be willing to work on their paper with a view to publication after the session. High quality papers not selected for presentation at the session might also be included in the publication.

Submission must be made through the WSSF 2018 Call for Papers page at

Call for Papers closes 17 March 2018.

Location: Kyushu University, Japan

Call for abstracts: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability, 2018 IGU Regional Conference

Conference date(s): 06 August 2018 - 10 August 2018

As part of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference which will be held in the Québec City Convention Centre from August 6 to 10, 2018, the IGU commission on Geography for Future Earth: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability (IGU-GFE) will organize the session “Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability”. They are inviting papers for presentation in the session which covers the following areas of interest (but are not limited to):

•    Fundamentals of Geography for Future Earth, and especially new theories and hypothesis on coupled human-earth systems for sustainability;
•    Open and inclusive platforms for Geospatial Big Data and observations of coupled human-earth systems;
•    Integrated Earth system models to deepen our understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different scales;
•    Linkages and dynamic analysis among ecological process, services, and human wellbeing;
•    Human Contributions and Responses to global climate/environmental changes and sustainability;
•    Evaluation tools for sustainable development, multi-scale sustainability evaluation, and sustainable scenarios for transformative development pathways.

All submitted abstracts will be accepted. The review process will determine the place in the program. Before submitting an abstract, author must register online, pay all fees and receive their abstract submission code at:
All abstract submissions must be made through the IGU-CAG- NCGE Online Submission Platform.  Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. The abstract should describe the object of study, research questions, methods, and conclusions.  All abstracts are due by 15 March 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Further details of the submission procedures are available on the conference website:

Location: Québec City Convention Centre, Canada